From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Limestone, blue paste
H. jar 31 cm (12 3/16 in); h. jar with lid 40 cm (15 3/4 in)
Rogers Fund, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
Maruta, whose name is inscribed on this canopic jar, was a minor wife of Thutmose III. Her name, probably an early form of the name Martha, suggests that she came from western Asia and was probably married to the king for political reasons. Like her contemporaries, Manuwai (18.8.21a, b) and Manhata (18.8.1a, b), Maruta was absorbed into the Egyptian court and, after her death, she was buried according to Egyptian royal custom. In addition to a set of canopic jars, a silver libation vessel (18.8.20a, b) and a heart scarab (26.8.145) are inscribed with her name.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from tomb 1, wadi D in the Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, 1917.